What Do Organizers Do All Day?

A young woman who is interested in possibly becoming an organizer emailed me to ask me what a typical day is like in my career. I told her that full time for an organizer is about 18 hours on the job (usually in 3 to 4 hour sessions for me), and then there’s all the other stuff. So I made a list of what I’m often doing when I’m not at a session (not all in one day!), and it was interesting enough I thought I’d share it with you.

Emailing with clients (reminding them to schedule, working out scheduling details, checking in re. their homework, mentioning any new ideas I have for them, etc.)
Posting on my Facebook page or WordPress blog
Updating my website (I don’t do this often enough)
Checking my kit, and either replenishing supplies or making a note of which ones to buy
Sorting donations so I can take them to appropriate places (school, library, etc)
Dropping off donations somewhere or scheduling a donation pickup
Doing free phone consultations with potential clients
Checking for any new reviews of my business on Yelp and Angie’s List
Checking my client spreadsheet to remind myself where I left things with whom, and whether I need to follow up with anyone
Going to NAPO meetings, taking NAPO teleclasses, exchanging ideas with others on the NAPO email list
Reading books and websites to learn more about organizing and related subjects
Organizing my own stuff, which is good practice and fun anyway
Looking up information for clients (recycling guidelines, places to donate things, closet installers, etc. etc.)
Promoting any events I may be doing
Preparing for events (usually speaking engagements, but sometimes it’s a booth at a fair and all the setup for that)
Just mulling over client issues/needs/concerns in my head at any old time (often while I’m in the shower or just falling asleep)
Contacting/looking for people who can help my clients get things done (handyman, housecleaner, laundry service, personal assistants)
Shredding small amounts of paper for clients without shredders
Mentioning to anyone I encounter at the drop of a hat that I’m a professional organizer
Depositing checks from clients at the bank
Going to an office supply store, Ikea, The Container Store, etc., looking over stuff to see if any clients can use any of it, and just to see if anything new/exciting has come in
Doing my own paperwork, including financial recordkeeping and paying estimated taxes
Watching shows like Hoarders to learn more about clients (not just hoarding clients) and organizing and therapeutic techniques
Brainstorming for new ideas to promote my business
Organizing/editing before-and-after photos, both for clients’ encouragement and also posting online (with permission)
Photographing weird objects for my “Weird Things I Found While Organizing” blog

That’s everything I could come up with in about 20 minutes… there’s probably more I forgot. But there you go.

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